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Hajj & Umrah-Pilgrimages (Talimul-Haq Part 14)


Ibn ‘Abbas May Allah be pleased with him reported that the Messenger of Allah Peace and blessings be upon him said, “The best water on the face of the earth is the water of Zamzam. It contains food to satisfy hunger and a cure for illnesses. The worst water on the face of the earth is the water at Wadi Barhut in Hadramawt, which is like locusts in comparison with other pests. It gushes in the morning and is dry by the evening.” (At-Tabarani)

Zamzam is superior, in relation to any other type of water, for numerous reasons. One specific characteristic, apart from many of its other attributes, is that it is food for the hungry and a cure for the sick.

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Consider the narrative regarding the discovery of Zamzam. Hazrat Hajira and Hazrat Ismail Peace and blessings be upon him had to settle down in an area barren of water and vegetation. When the last of their food had finished; a mothers love for her distressed son could not be contained and so she undertook dashing from Safa to Marwa in search of sustenance. On her seventh trip, whilst she was on Marwa, she heard the noise of an Angel and saw that a spring had emerged by his heels. This blessed water became food for Hazrat Hajira, which in turn became a source of milk for Hazrat Ismail Peace and blessings be upon him. If one has true faith it's attribute as a source of food still exists today.

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When Hazrat Abu Zar Ghifari May Allah be pleased with him first came to Makkah Mukarramah during the early stages of Islam. He narrates, 'I lived a month in which I had nothing to eat but for Zamzam.' Not only did he pass his time with relative ease but he states, 'I became obese, and due to my enlarged state creases had formed on my stomach. I also did not feel weak in my gut.' (Muslim)

Sheikh Abdur Rashid Ibrahim rahmatullahi alaihe states, 'I spent weeks on Zamzam to satisfy my hunger.'

Sheikh Muhammad Saeed Tantawi spent the last ten days of Ramadhaan in I'takaf within Haram Shareef. For the duration of the ten days he had nothing to eat or drink except for Zamzam.

An ustaadh of Makkah Mukarramah, Jaamiah Ummul Qura`, was afflicted with an illness in which he could neither open his mouth to talk or to eat. During his illness he survived only upon Zamzam and he states that for seventeen days not only did he not feel hungry or thirsty but he also recovered.

Allama Ibnul Qayyum Jawzi rahmatullahi alaihe has written in  'Zaadul Ma`ad' that I have seen such a person who has lived only on Zamzam as his source of food for half a month or more but he did not feel hungry and he continued to perform tawaaf as normal.

He also states that the person informed him, 'On some occasions I have lived on Zamzam for approximately forty days with no change to my physical strength. I would fast, perform tawaaf and fulfil the duties to my wife.

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas May Allah be pleased with him states that Zamzam was a great help for him in raising a family. He states that they termed it as 'Shubba'ah' (filler of the stomach).

One of the attributes of Zamzam is of its ability to be used as a cure. The Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him  himself is reported to have carried Zamzam in pitchers and water skins back to Madinah. He used to sprinkle it over the sick and make them drink it. (Baihaqi)

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When Hazrat Mua'awiyah May Allah be pleased with him made his journey for Hajj he came towards Zamzam and proceeded to drink from it, he then poured it over his hands and face and recited the following dua: MISSING DUA.

Translation: Zamzam is a cure and a solution to all matters.

Due to this fact Hazrat Ibn Abbas May Allah be pleased with him at the time of drinking Zamzam would recite the following Dua:  MISSING DUA.

Translation: MISSING DUA.

Wahab ibn Munabbah Tabe`e rahmatullahi alaihe states, 'I swear by Him in whose possession my life is, Allah Ta`ala will relieve the person of all illnesses who drinks Zamzam to his fill and will also grant him good health.

It is also believed that Zamzam is very beneficial for the stomach.

The water of Zamzam has also been medically and chemically proven to contain elements that are beneficial for the stomach, liver, intestines and kidneys.

The statement of certain doctors and philosophers that Zamzam, due to the fact that the well is sealed and therefore devoid of air and sunlight, is bad for ones health has been made out of ignorance. They have failed to take into consideration that Zamzam is unlike other wells in that it is a flowing spring that runs from Hajar-e-Aswad. Their statements are merely made to undermine the excellence of Zamzam.

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The second portion of the Hadith mentions that the worst type of water, which exists on the face of the earth, is situated at the valley of Barhut in Hadramawt. Hadramawt is towards the south of Arabia, between Yemen, Uman and the Arab Sea. It is in this area that there is a valley called Barhut, and it is here that there is a deep well also of the same name. Traces of this well can still be found today.

It has been discovered from certain narrations that Hazrat Salih Peace and blessings be upon him had settled here with four thousand of his followers. After his death the people became entangled in kufr and shirk. Another Prophet was sent to them, but they subsequently killed him. It was a result of this that divine punishment came down upon them and they all perished. It is the effect of this punishment that exists on the well.

The example of a swarm of locusts has been given for the reason that when they approach, they advance instantly in swarms and on departure seem to disappear just as quickly. In the same manner, the inconvenience with a sudden shower of rain is that it becomes difficult for the people to collect and drink from it. Furthermore when it comes to a halt not only does it not leave much if anything behind, but eventually dries that up too.

May Allah with his infinite mercy grant us all the blessings that the water of  Zamzam contain. Ameen.

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